This is... embarrassing lol (uninstall apps)

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by D4F, Sep 22, 2007.

  1. D4F Guest


    Sep 18, 2007
    Planet Earth
    A simple question from a new mac user...

    How in the world do I uninstall applications on this system???

    I feel so stupid even asking lol

    Do i just drag them to thrash?
    Aren't there any other files, drivers I need to locate??

  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Usually just dragging the app to the trash and deleting it will get rid of the vast majority of the files. You also might want to check Library for any support files of it if you really want to be thorough.
  3. ~J~ macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2007
    3rd Rock from the sun
    basically, yeah.

    What I do is type the program name in the little search bar in a finder window, and then remove all that stuff. Doing that also gets rid of any residual files associated with the program that just dragging the program itself to the trash. Other than that, drag and empty. Easy - how it should be.
  4. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    Just drag to the trash. There are a few prefs files and such that you could delete, but they're usually small and don't affect system performance. The main exceptions to this rule, I believe, are Garageband and iDVD, which have large library files that eat up a lot of HD space. If you're worried, just do a search for the app name and delete those things too.
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Dragging to the trash works for most Apps. Some may leave a few config files and such lying around. There are apps that can do better jubs of deleting other apps. AppZapper AppDelete and AppTrap are three that come to mind. AppTrap is what I use. It is a pref pane that deletes all the misc files when you drag the app into the trash, so it is pretty well invisible.
  6. ivi7 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2007
    You can use Appzapper
    or a free option would be Appcleaner
  7. TheAnswer macrumors 68030


    Jan 25, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    Most applications you can just drag to the trash.

    Some music or video effects apps may leave files in the User/Library/Application Support folder.

    And there is probably a tiny file in the User/Library/Preferences folder.

    You don't need to remove those files unless you need disk space, though.

    Some applications are a little more complex. The general rule is that if a application comes will an uninstaller, then use the provided uninstaller.
  8. D4F thread starter Guest


    Sep 18, 2007
    Planet Earth

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